Stanford Basketball: Tyrell Terry declares for the 2020 NBA Draft

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The Stanford basketball program was dealt a serious, but not unexpected blow when freshman guard Tyrell Terry declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Stanford basketball team has officially lost it’s top offensive threat and one of its most prolific freshman in program history as guard Tyrell Terry has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.

In a move that stings, but was ultimately expected, the freshman guard announced his decision to turn pro on Twitter on Monday stating “with all things considered, I have decided to chase a childhood dream and declare for the 2020 NBA Draft.”

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Terry shined in his first and only collegiate season last year averaging 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 32.6 minutes per game. The Minneapolis native shot 47 percent from the field including an impressive 40.8 percent from three-point range.

On top of that, his 89.1 free-throw percentage ranked first in the Pac-12 and was the fifth-highest in a single season in Stanford history. Terry started 31 of 32 possible games and earned All-American honors for his impressive play.

He became the first Stanford player since Brook Lopez in 2007 to earn All-Pac-12 and All-Freshman honors in the same season. And his freshman season turned out to be one of the most proficient in school history.

Terry finished with the second-highest scoring average by a freshman in Stanford basketball history while scoring the third-most points by a freshman. But unfortunately, Stanford fans won’t get to see him replicate his production in another collegiate season.

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The 6-foot-2 guard is a projected first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and his decision to leave school early hardly comes as a surprise. Terry is the 20th ranked freshman prospect on ESPN’s top 100 prospects list.

Moreover, lists Terry as the 34th best prospect in the class and one of the younger players in their top-40.

Terry’s departure will certainly be a major loss to a Stanford basketball team coming off their most successful campaign since the 2014-15 season. The Cardinal finished the regular season with a 20-12 record, their first 20-win regular season since 2007-08.

In theory, Terry could still opt to return to school if he doesn’t sign with an agent prior to June 3rd. However, that date is subject to change considering the unknown fate of the 2020 NBA Draft which is tentatively scheduled for June 25th at the moment.

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The Stanford basketball team will now prepare to replace Tyrell Terry next season as their star freshman goes one-and-done with the Cardinal.